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(Updated   August 22 2016
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 1.0814 billion (1081.4 million)
Mobiles  1056 million 
Landlines: 25.4 million 
Total no. of PCs: 110 million 
Internet users:  400 million  including  mobile Internet 159  million
Broadband:  163 million
(wired: 18 million;   wireless : 145 million)
TV owning houses: 150 million ( DTH: 54 million)
DTH operators: 6;     Private TV channel  826

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IT happened in India
  Finally India rolls out a simple and safe mobile payments system
Mumbai August 27 2016: National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), the umbrella organisation for all retail payments system in India  has announced that the long awaited  simplified mobile payments system -- Unified Payments Interface (UPI)  -- has gone  for customers  of 21 banks in India. ....
Microchip solution brings security to IoT devices connecting to Amazon Web Services
New Delhi August 26, 2016:  Leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, Microchip Technology, has  launched the  industry's first end-to-end security solution for Internet of Things (IoT) devices that connect to Amazon Web Services IoT (AWS IoT). ....
Indian enterprise messaging tool Flock, is global hit
Bangalore, August 25 2016: Flock is a communication app for teams that speeds up and simplifies work life. ...
Goggle Nexus phones are first to get the new Nougat upgrade
Bangalore,23 016: Google  has rolled out its new OS version -- Android 7.0 Nougat --  to  its ownNexus . ...
I SPY! With my phone-y eye
 App providers  routinely  snoop on our  phoning  habits. Now,  the same tech lets us spy on each other. ...

Education and e-learning
Tutor on call!
A Bangalore startup  offers  school kids mobile tutoring -- in atomic doses. Bangalore, August 2 2016: Remember the revolution that the shampoo sachet wrought in India in an earlier era.   Why buy a big bottle when all you wanted was enough for one bath?   Two Bangalore technopreneurs, Jayadev Gopalakrishnan and Gokul Janga,   have applied the same principal  to  high school tutoring in the science subjects:   Your child  may not need   costly coaching for  a full subject -- jut some help in some tough portions. ....
Qualcomm supports innovation in Indian universities
Bangalore, July 18 2016: Qualcomm Technologies,  has announced the winners of the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (QInF) programme in India, which was launched in March 2016. The programme is an extension of the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship that began in the United States in 2009 and has expanded into a global programme that has continued to grow with of the addition of new universities and students. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
Mobile first, but not mobile only, for MakeMyTrip
Anshuman Bapna, Chief Product Officer, MakeMyTrip talks about the company’s strategy behind designing products for mobiles before desktop From V. Sudhakshnina Bangalore,  July 1 2016: MakeMyTrip, one of the leading Indian travel companies  and OTAs (online travel agents)  recently announced  an  app-only travel sale, the Great International Getaway. ....
Dolphin RFID and Aman Aviation join to harness radio tags
Mumbai, June  29, 2016:   RFID or Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) is increasingly used by airlines to help identify passenger baggage -- ever since Hong Kong airport pioneered the technology almost a decade ago. Now it is being deployed in India in the aircraft repair and maintenance business: Dolphin RFID, an end-to-end RFID solutions company and Aman Aviation, India’s first Maintenance and Repair Organization (MRO) dealing in repair and overhaul of aircraft components, have joined hands to augment one of India’s most important sectors – civil aviation. ....

Kill the urge to Smoke!
On World  No Tobacco Day, May 31 2016, some inputs by Dr Salik Raza,  Chest Specialist , Park Group of Hospitals 1. Decide to Quit Smoking – Successful quitting can be done by planning and commitment and not by luck. To quit smoke you need to pick the date and mark it on your calendar. ....
e-health and home health care booming, find study
May 11 2016: Technology and strong consumer demand are driving the home healthcare market. The space is dotted with healthcare aggregators, doctor discovery platforms, and start-ups offering home healthcare services. Today, the home healthcare market in India is fragmented and comprises of some exciting start-ups such as Portea Medical, Pramati Care, India Home Healthcare, Unique Home Healthcare, Nightingales, among others. ....
Startup launches healthcare app in Pune
Pune, May 10  2016: Tech start-up ThingsMeet Solutions,  has launched  its  first healthcare App “PRESCRIBEZ” in Pune. ...

Product Pulse
Tring tag also triggers your selfie
New Delhi, August 27  2016: Portronics, has launched  Tring, a multi-purpose device which offers two-way anti-loss function: a key-finder function and a remote-camera shutter function. You  can pair Tring with   an Apple or Android phone using  the “Tring Track” app available on Playstore and Appstore. ....
Huawei dual-camera P9 phone makes professional photography look ridiculously easy
Huawei flagship puts professional camera on phone The tail is now wagging the dog.   Cameras on phone have become more powerful and versatile than the phones that house them. Bangalore, August 22 2016: When a new-age smart-phone manufacturer ties up with a 100 year old camera and optics company to enhance a device's imaging capabilities, it is quite clear how customer priorities are moving from a phone that takes pictures to a professional camera which incidentally makes calls. ....
OPPO F1s... be selfie-sh!
August 15 2016: Selfies are a raging trend of this decade. Much before smart phones with front cameras were launched, we twisted our mobiles (maybe with a VGA camera) in awkward positions to capture ourselves in all our  beauty. ...

IT's for you
  3M launches 65 inch touch screens
Bangalore, August 25, 2016: 3M has launched  65-inch Multi-Touch Projected Capacitive (PCAP) with a modern, smartphone-like design ideal for a broad range of commercial applications. The screen is specially built to withstand the rigor of continuous use in a variety of public settings, including retail locations, museums and other digital signage installations, and is compatible with a broad range of operating systems. ....
For Friendship Day, Taskbob thanks its service persons with a video
Mumbai, 27th July, 2015: This Friendship Day, Taskbob, Mumbai’s leading app-based on-demand instant home service provider has found a unique way of thanking their servicemen and acknowledging their contribution in our daily lives. T askbob released a video #NayeDost that showcases the daily lives and difficulties of servicemen who help us whenever we need and expresses gratitude to these people, who come into our lives as strangers but leave as friends. ....
Gifting idea on Friendship Day for your techie dost
August 7 2016: Friendship Day gift suggestions for your tech savvy friend Dot Speakers:  ‘DOT’  packs big punch in a small package. ...
Experts from regional telecom giants to feature in CEM Telecoms World summit in Singapore
Singapore, August 1 2016: The Customer Experience Management (CEM) in Telecoms World Summit 2016, slated  here, for October 20-21  this year,  draws together expert speakers from across the ecosystem of telecommunications industry and CEM solutions providers to present  the latest key trends and approaches in Customer Excellence Management  in Telecoms. ...
Banking meets IT in Toronto this week
July 17 2016: The 3RD BANK-IT EXPO gets underway in Toronto Canada later this week ( July 19).   In  a  volatile  financial  atmosphere  as  the  present,  the  Bank  &  Finance  IT  industry  could  play  a  crucial  rule  that  could mean  the  difference  between  success  and  failure  for  financial  institutions. ...

IT people
  Sandhya Suku of Tavant recognized for leadership in US housing industry
Bangalore, August 13, 2016: Tavant Technologies', delivery head for consumer lending business, Sandhya Suku, has been selected as one of the most influential women in the housing industry. Suku is one of the 43 women recognized by HousingWire for demonstrating leadership that inspires people in her company, community, and industry at large. ....
When friends become business partners
August 7, World Friendship Day: They say that the best of form of any relationship is friendship because you don’t have to hide anything from your friends neither you have to go all the way to explain them anything. Perhaps this is the reason that people celebrate ever occasion with our friendship, people tend to stay along with their friends, they get married with their best friends so that we can continue with the spirit of friendship. ....
Anant Maheshawri to head Microsoft India from next year
Bangalore , August 1, 2016: Microsoft  has  announced that Anant Maheshwari will take over the operations of the company from Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India,  from January 1, 2017. ...

Best of the rest
When the world is jittery over Brexit, India has reasons to smile; here’s why
The jolt from the Brexit verdict to global financial markets has been near catastrophic, with stocks and currencies bleeding and bonds going into a tailspin. But believe it or not, if you can afford to survive this knee-jerk response of the market with a little bit of patience, still better if you can use these hours of fear and anxiety to position yourself, better things are in store. ECONOMIC TIMES June 25 2016


How ‘140 characters’ became an integral part of the government
Twitter hashtag #SaalEkShuruaatAnek marked the first anniversary of the Modi government, and #TransformingIndia is marking its second.In the journey between these two hashtags, some efforts have been made to ‘transform’ governance through Twitter by Ministers such as Sushma Swaraj, Nirmala Sitharaman and Suresh Prabhu. This is even as many other Ministers use it to announce new programmes and highlight the achievements of the government... Hindu Businessline  May  26 2016

Amazon sets the pace for e-commerce in India
Seattle-based  e-commerce giant Amazon should be happy that even before it turns three in India on June 5, the company has emerged a leader in this market....Flipkart and Snapdeal take a cue from Amazon even as they differ on who is ahead in the race. Mint May 27 2016


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